Sylvanite (Type Locality)
Baia de Aries, Alba County, Romania
Cabinet, 10.0 x 6.5 x 4.0 cm
Ex. Herb Obodda
The rare Silver and Gold telluride Sylvanite was discovered here in 1835. Sylvanite is known for its organic habit with great, silvery, metallic luster. The habit of these flat-lying crystals in graphic intergrowths is called "Schrifterz." The effect is both surreal and beautiful (Dali would approve). Dating to the mid-1800s or before, good hand-sized specimens from this type locality are extremely rare. This is an extremely rich and showy specimen.